13 November 2014, Thursday, 14:45
UFA, 13 November 2014. /Bashinform News Agency, Dmitry Slezin/. The city of Aurora, Colorado (USA) hosted the world open championship in powerlifting among men and women. Traditionally the annual congress of IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) was held. For the first time it was attended by the executive director of the International World Games Association (IWGA) Gossow Joachim, who spoke about the history of the World Games, the structure of the competition and plans to develop the Games. Gossow noted that powerlifting was one of the oldest sports in the World Games (1981) and he was very happy that the World Cup was visited by a delegation from the city of Ufa, which claimed to host the World Games 2021.
As part of the World Championship a presentation of Ufa as a candidate for hosting the World Games 2021 was held, which was made by the Head of Sports Events Organization Directorate RB Alexander Efimov:
“We made a presentation, which aroused great interest and heated discussion among many participants and guests of the championship”, Alexander Efimov said. “In the video presentation we talked about Ufa, about sporting traditions of our city. Also the President of the International Powerlifting Federation Gaston Parage made a speech underlining our ability to carry out major competitions at the highest organizational level. He expressed his hope that Ufa would host the World Games 2021. At the end of the Championship while awarding the winners of the competitions we gave all participants a presentation package with our souvenirs. Representatives of many countries wished us good luck in our competition for the World Games hosting. We got the go-ahead to bid for hosting World Powerlifting Championship 2018 in Ufa. Russia is one of the strongest countries in this sport, but such competitions have never been conducted in our country yet,” the head of Directorate concluded.